Fuck Lance Totally different ball game here. Cocaine isn't considered to be a performance enhancer (although it is a helluva pain killer). Boonen has tested positive for cocaine like 3 or 4 times. He was never suspended by the UCI though. The second time he tested positive he was suspended by his team. Also after that second time positive test the ASO, the organization that runs the TdF (amongst other big races) banned him from competition because of 'unsportsmanlike behavior' or something along those lines. The third time he was suspended immediately by his team too. cyclist, More details on the Contador ruling: * His two year suspension started on January 25th 2011 and includes the 5 1/2 month probationary period that he was suspended for after he first tested positive. So, essentially, its as if his 2-year suspension started on August 5th, 2010. As a result, he'll be able to race again on August 5th of this year, making him eligible for the Vuelta. He's gonna stomp the shit out of the field there because this years Vuelta has something like 13 mountain top finishes. * Not only was he forced to give up his 2010 TdF title but everything he's won since then, including last years dominating performance during the Giro (Michele Scarponi of Lampre now has a grand tour to his trophy shelf) and all the smaller stage races he won. *** Saxo Bank's world tour license is now going under review. This means that the UCI could strip the team of their status and they will no longer be guaranteed invitations to the big world tour events (all the classics, Giro, TdF, Vuelta, Tour de Swiss etc, etc). If they decide that their license is invalid, they will revoke it immediately and it will go into effect right away. This is happening because, basically all of Contador's points from last year are gone. If you take away Contador's points from Saxo Bank, they have nothing left (aside from Nick Nuyens' win at the Tour of Flanders). This would be a devastating blow to the team if it happened. I don't think it will happen, but it is possible. *** Apparently Saxo Bank is also reviewing Contador's contract right now to see if it is voided due to this positive test. If so, this would free up a shit-ton of capital that the team could then use to sign other guys this offseason (i.e. they're gonna go hard after Jakob Fuglsang of Radioshack-Nissan Trek). I don't think this happens either.